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Phillips Murrah announces 17 attorneys named to 2019 Super Lawyers list

Super Lawyers

Phillips Murrah is honored to have 17 attorneys in 2019 recognized by the Super Lawyers rating service.

2019 Oklahoma Super Lawyers

2019 Rising Stars

Phillips Murrah announces 48 attorneys named to 2020 Best Lawyers list

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that 48 of our attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 list in Oklahoma City.

2020 Best Lawyers – Lawyers of the Year

Douglas A. Branch – Venture Capital Law

Elizabeth K. Brown – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Susan E. Bryant – Securities Regulation

Michael D. Carter – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Nicholle Jones Edwards – Family Law

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Land Use and Zoning Law

Dawn M. Rahme – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law

Mary Holloway Richard – Health Care Law

Jim A. Roth – Natural Resources Law

G. Calvin Sharpe – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

 

The Best Lawyers in America 2020

Jennifer Ivester Berry – Commercial Finance Law; Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law

Douglas A. Branch – Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law

Elizabeth K. Brown – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Real Estate Law; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Susan E. Bryant – Securities Regulation

John M. Bunting – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law

Catherine L. Campbell – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Labor and Employment

A. Michelle Campney – Commercial Litigation

Michael D. Carter – Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Rodney L. Cook – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law

Cody J. Cooper – Commercial Litigation

Bobby Dolatabadi – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Jason A. Dunn – Commercial Litigation

Joshua L. Edwards – Real Estate Law

Marc Edwards – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice

Nicholle Jones Edwards – Family Law; Family Law Arbitration

Juston R. Givens – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law

Mark E. Golman – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Lauren Barghols Hanna – Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Water Law

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Construction Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law

Terry L. Hawkins – Public Finance Law

Heather L. Hintz – Commercial Litigation

Patrick L. Hullum – Commercial Litigation

Clayton D. Ketter – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Timothy D. Kline – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Fred A. Leibrock – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Real Estate

Candace Williams Lisle – Commercial Litigation; Financial Services Regulation Law

Mark Lovelace – Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Commercial Transactions / UCC Law

Byrona J. Maule – Litigation – Labor and Employment

Melvin R. McVay, Jr. – Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Financial Services Regulation Law; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Real Estate

Andrew S. Mildren – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice; Real Estate Law

Jennifer L. Miller – Commercial Litigation

Cindy H. Murray – Real Estate Law

Robert O. O’Bannon – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law; Tax Law

Martin G. Ozinga – Commercial Litigation; Information Technology Law; Technology Law

Donald A. Pape – Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law

Michael R. Perri – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law

William S. Price – Government Relations Practice

Dawn M. Rahme – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Mary Holloway Richard – Health Care Law

Jim A. Roth – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law; Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice; Natural Resources Law

G. Calvin Sharpe – Insurance Law; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Robert N. Sheets – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate

Ellen K. Spiropoulos – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

D. Craig Story – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Amy D. White – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Lyndon W. Whitmire – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Thomas G. Wolfe – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Oil and Gas Law; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Raymond E. Zschiesche – Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Phillips Murrah announces 21 attorneys named to 2018 Super Lawyers list

2018 Super Lawyers list

Super Lawyers

Phillips Murrah is honored to have 21 attorneys in 2018 recognized by the Super Lawyers rating service.

2018 Oklahoma Super Lawyers

2018 Rising Stars

Phillips Murrah announces 44 attorneys named to 2019 Best Lawyers list

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that 44 of our attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 list in Oklahoma City.

2019 Best Lawyers – Lawyers of the Year

Douglas A. Branch – Venture Capital Law

Susan E. Bryant – Securities Regulation

Terry L. Hawkins – Public Finance Law

Michael R. Perri – Natural Resources Law

Thomas G. Wolfe – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

 

The Best Lawyers in America 2019

Jennifer Ivester Berry – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law

Douglas A. Branch – Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law

Elizabeth K. Brown – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Susan E. Bryant – Securities Regulation

John M. Bunting – Insurance Law

Catherine L. Campbell – Commercial Litigation

Michael D. Carter – Labor Law – Management; Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Rodney L. Cook – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law

Bobby Dolatabadi – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Jason A. Dunn – Commercial Litigation

Joshua L. Edwards – Real Estate Law

Marc Edwards – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice

Nicholle Jones Edwards – Family Law

Juston R. Givens – Commercial Litigation

Mark E. Golman – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Construction Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law

Terry L. Hawkins – Public Finance Law

Heather L. Hintz – Commercial Litigation

Patrick L. Hullum – Commercial Litigation

Clayton D. Ketter – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation

Timothy D. Kline – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Fred A. Leibrock – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Real Estate

Candace Williams Lisle – Commercial Litigation

Mark Lovelace – Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Commercial Transactions / UCC Law

Melvin R. McVay, Jr. – Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Real Estate

Andrew S. Mildren – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice; Real Estate Law

Jennifer L. Miller – Commercial Litigation

Cindy H. Murray – Real Estate Law

Robert O. O’Bannon – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Tax Law

Martin G. Ozinga – Commercial Litigation; Technology Law

Donald A. Pape – Banking and Finance Law

Michael R. Perri – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law

William S. Price – Government Relations Practice

Dawn M. Rahme – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Mary Holloway Richard – Health Care Law

Jim A. Roth – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law; Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice; Natural Resources Law

G. Calvin Sharpe – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Robert N. Sheets – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate

Ellen K. Spiropoulos – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

D. Craig Story – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Amy D. White – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Lyndon W. Whitmire – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Thomas G. Wolfe – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Oil and Gas Law; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Raymond E. Zschiesche – Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Phillips Murrah attorneys selected as 2017 Super Lawyers

Phillips Murrah P.C._Logo_Color_emblemTwenty Phillips Murrah Attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers for their excellence in their respective practice areas. Seven attorneys of them under the age of 40 were recognized as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Using the same patented process for selecting Super Lawyers, Rising Stars recognizes up and coming lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been in practice for 10 years or less.

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2017’s Super Lawyers:

Directors G. Calvin Sharpe and Lyndon W. Whitmire were among the Top 50 Oklahoma Super Lawyers for 2017. Directors Shannon K. Emmons and Sally A. Hasenfratz were listed on the Top 25 Women Oklahoma Super Lawyers for 2017.

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2017’s Oklahoma Rising Stars:

Phillips Murrah announces 37 attorneys named to 2018 Best Lawyers list

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that 37 of our attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 list in Oklahoma City.

The Best Lawyers in America 2018

Jennifer Ivester Berry – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law

Douglas A. Branch – Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law

Elizabeth K. Brown – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Michael D. Carter – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Rodney L. Cook – Insurance Law

Bobby Dolatabadi – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Jason A. Dunn – Commercial Litigation

Joshua L. Edwards – Real Estate Law

Marc Edwards – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice

Nicholle Jones Edwards – Family Law

Shannon K. Emmons – Commercial Litigation; Employment Law – Management; Employment Law – Individuals

Juston R. Givens – Commercial Litigation

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Construction Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law

Terry L. Hawkins – Public Finance Law

Heather L. Hintz – Commercial Litigation

Timothy D. Kline – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Fred A. Leibrock – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Real Estate

Candace Williams Lisle – Commercial Litigation

Mark Lovelace – Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Commercial Transactions / UCC Law

Melvin R. McVay, Jr. – Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Real Estate

Andrew S. Mildren – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice

Jennifer L. Miller – Commercial Litigation

Cindy H. Murray – Real Estate Law

Robert O. O’Bannon – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Tax Law

Martin G. Ozinga – Commercial Litigation

Donald A. Pape – Banking and Finance Law

Michael R. Perri – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law

William S. Price – Government Relations Practice

Dawn M. Rahme – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Mary Holloway Richard – Health Care Law

Jim A. Roth – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law; Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice; Natural Resources Law

G. Calvin Sharpe – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Robert N. Sheets – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate

Ellen K. Spiropoulos – Corporate Law

Lyndon W. Whitmire – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Thomas G. Wolfe – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Raymond E. Zschiesche – Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Phillips Murrah attorneys selected as 2016 Super Lawyers

Phillips Murrah P.C._Logo_Color_emblemEighteen Phillips Murrah Attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers for their excellence in their respective practice areas. Four attorneys of them under the age of 40 were recognized as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Using the same patented process for selecting Super Lawyers, Rising Stars recognizes up and coming lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been in practice for 10 years or less.

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2016’s Super Lawyers:

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2016’s Oklahoma Rising Stars:

Phillips Murrah announces 35 attorneys named to 2017 Best Lawyers list

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that 35 of our attorneys have been named to the 2017 Best Lawyers® list and seven of our attorneys are recognized as Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year in Oklahoma City.

2017 Best Lawyers – Lawyers of the Year

Douglas A. Branch – Venture Capital Law

Michael D. Carter – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Shannon K. Emmons – Employment Law – Individuals

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Construction Law

Fred A. Leibrock – Litigation – Antitrust

G. Calvin Sharpe – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Thomas G. Wolfe – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

2017 Best Lawyers

Jennifer Ivester Berry – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law

Douglas A. Branch – Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law

Elizabeth K. Brown – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Michael D. Carter – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Bobby Dolatabadi – Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Marc Edwards – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice

Nicholle Jones Edwards – Family Law

Stephen W. Elliott – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Shannon K. Emmons – Commercial Litigation; Employment Law – Individuals

Juston R. Givens – Commercial Litigation

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Construction Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law

John D. Hastie – Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law

Terry L. Hawkins – Public Finance Law

Heather L. Hintz – Commercial Litigation

Timothy D. Kline – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Fred A. Leibrock – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Real Estate

Candace Williams Lisle – Commercial Litigation

Mark Lovelace – Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Melvin R. McVay, Jr. – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Real Estate

Andrew S. Mildren – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice

Jennifer L. Miller – Commercial Litigation

Cindy H. Murray – Real Estate Law

Robert O. O’Bannon – Tax Law

Martin G. Ozinga – Commercial Litigation

Donald A. Pape – Banking and Finance Law

Michael R. Perri – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law

William S. Price – Government Relations Practice

Dawn M. Rahme – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Jim A. Roth – Energy Law; Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice; Natural Resources Law

G. Calvin Sharpe – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Robert N. Sheets – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate

Ellen K. Spiropoulos – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Lyndon W. Whitmire – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Thomas G. Wolfe – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Raymond E. Zschiesche – Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Phillips Murrah rowing team, Law & Oarder, completes 2015 season

Phillips Murrah rowing team on the course

Phillips Murrah’s corporate rowing team, Law & Oarder, was featured on the cover of the Saturday, Oklahoman on Oct. 3.

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Getting ready for the race, Oct 2 at the Oklahoma Boathouse District. From left: Nathan Hatcher, Debra Tyler, Jennifer Miller, Jason Kreth, Dave Rhea, Melissa Gardner, G. Calvin Sharpe.

The Phillips Murrah rowing team, Law & Oarder, completed the 2015 season on Friday with a solid, 500-meter run of 1:52.818.

“It has been amazing to see how wholeheartedly the firm supports our team,” said Phillips Murrah attorney and L&O team leader, Melissa Gardner. “I definitely think rowing is an outlet to build relationships outside of those you’d normally build in the firm.”

Over the two seasons during the summer of 2015, the rowing team has consisted of Firm Shareholders, attorneys, non-attorney directors in marketing and IT, legal secretaries and accountants.

“Rowing gives me a sense of commitment and accountability to our team and it brings our ‘work family’ together in a vastly different environment,” said Marketing Director, Dave Rhea. “It’s a very interesting activity. This is my first year, and I am hooked.”

PM rowing tshirts for 2015

PM rowing t shirts for 2015

“Plus, I think the regattas are a great way for the firm to build morale,” Melissa added. “As someone who started at the firm within the last two years, it was a great way to speed up relationship building within the firm – both with those who are on the team and all those who are just interested!”

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Practice: G. Calvin and Monica Ball preparing to “put foot to strip.”

“Having the opportunity to be a part of the Phillips Murrah rowing team has been an awesome experience,” said Deena Baker, a Legal Secretary at Phillips Murrah. “I have accomplished something I never dreamed of even attempting, but was determined to try after watching last October’s race!  Had the time of my life and am ready to jump back in next year!”

You can see more coverage about the regatta in The Oklahoman – Oklahoma Regatta Festival: Premier fall rowing event keeps growing by Ed Godfrey.

 

Phillips Murrah announces 35 attorneys named to 2016 Best Lawyers list

Best Lawyers

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that 35 of our attorneys have been named to the 2016 Best Lawyers® list and three of our attorneys are recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 in Oklahoma City.

 

The Best Lawyers in America 2016

Stephen W. Elliott – Litigation – Bankruptcy

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Land Use and Zoning Law

Donald A. Pape – Banking and Finance Law

 

2016 Best Lawyers

Jennifer Ivester Berry – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law

Douglas A. Branch – Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law

Elizabeth K. Brown – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Michael D. Carter – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Bobby Dolatabadi – Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Marc Edwards – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice

Nicholle Jones Edwards – Family Law

Thomas Elder Jr. – Commercial Litigation

Stephen W. Elliott – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Shannon K. Emmons – Commercial Litigation; Employment Law – Individuals

Juston R. Givens – Commercial Litigation

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Construction Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law

John D. Hastie – Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law

Terry L. Hawkins – Public Finance Law

Heather L. Hintz – Commercial Litigation

Timothy D. Kline – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Fred A. Leibrock – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Real Estate

Candace Williams Lisle – Commercial Litigation

Mark Lovelace – Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Melvin R. McVay, Jr. – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Real Estate

Andrew S. Mildren – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice

Jennifer L. Miller – Commercial Litigation

Cindy H. Murray – Real Estate Law

Robert O. O’Bannon – Tax Law

Martin G. Ozinga – Commercial Litigation

Donald A. Pape – Banking and Finance Law

Michael R. Perri – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law

William S. Price – Government Relations Practice

Dawn M. Rahme – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Jim A. Roth – Energy Law; Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice; Natural Resources Law

G. Calvin Sharpe – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Robert N. Sheets – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate

Lyndon W. Whitmire – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Thomas G. Wolfe – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Raymond E. Zschiesche – Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

 

 

Affordable Care Act changes affect physicians

Gavel to Gavel, appears in The Journal Record.
Originally published in The Journal Record on Apr. 22, 2015.
View G. Calvin Sharpe’s attorney profile here.


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G. Calvin Sharpe is a trial attorney who represents a diverse list of business clients in matters relating to medical malpractice, medical devices, medical licensure boards,products liability, insurance and commercial litigation.

The Affordable Care Act brought fundamental changes to the American health care system.

One called evidenced-based care significantly affects how physicians are paid. I’ve represented many providers in malpractice actions and before professional licensure boards, but now I must also be as proficient in regulatory law.

The ACA’s value-based care replaces traditional fee for service. In the traditional model, a patient visit is followed by a bill paid by the patient or insurer, and providers are rewarded for a higher-volume practice. One of the stated goals of the ACA is to eliminate care and decision making that could be financially motivated.

The value-based pay-for-performance compensation model that reimburses physicians based upon achievement of measurable objectives or metrics is replacing that traditional model. Evidenced-based guidelines focus on outcomes and will seek to eliminate unnecessary procedures, and compensation will be based upon performance.

Examples would be patient readmission following hospital discharge and so-called never events, defined by the National Quality Form’s list of Serious Reportable Events as events that should never have happened.

Changes in evidenced-based care practice guidelines and how medical malpractice claims are brought generally attempt to measure a provider’s performance against a legal standard. This means the performance is evaluated according to that of a prudent professional in the same or similar circumstances.

Read the entire column here.

Phillips Murrah Attorneys Named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers

Phillips Murrah P.C._Logo_Color_emblemFourteen Phillips Murrah Attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers for their excellence in their respective practice areas. Another four attorneys under the age of 40 were recognized as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Using the same patented process for selecting Super Lawyers, Rising Stars recognizes up and coming lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been in practice for 10 years or less.

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2013’s Super Lawyers:

  • Elizabeth K. Brown – Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Rodney L. Cook – PI Defense: Products
  • Nicholle Jones Edwards – Family Law
  • Thomas T. Elder – PI Defense: Products
  • Stephen W. Elliott – Bankruptcy
  • Shannon K. Emmons – Civil Litigation Defense
  • Sally A. Hasenfratz – Real Estate
  • John D. Hastie – Real Estate
  • Robert J. Haupt – Bankruptcy
  • Timothy D. Kline – Bankruptcy
  • Fred A. Leibrock – Business Litigation
  • Melvin, R. McVay, Jr. – Banking
  • Michael R. Perri – Business Litigation
  • G. Calvin Sharpe – PI Defense: Medical Malpractice
  • Lyndon W. Whitmire – PI Defense: Products
  • Thomas G. Wolfe – PI Defense: Products

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2013’s Rising Stars:

  • Andrew R. Chilson – Bankruptcy
  • Patrick L. Hullum – Civil Litigation Defense
  • Jason M. Kreth – Banking
  • Dawn M. Rahme – Tax

Red Earth Inc Names Officers to Lead Board of Directors

 

G. Calvin Sharpe

G. Calvin Sharpe

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A new slate of officers for FY 2014 have been elected to the Board of Directors of Red Earth, Inc, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to promote American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets. The officers will oversee the operations of the Red Earth Museum and the additional programs of the organization including the 27th annual Red Earth Festival scheduled June 7-9, 2013 in downtown Oklahoma City.

Elected to the Red Earth Board of Directors for FY 2014 are Lou C. Kerr, chairman of the board; Janet Dyke, president: Leslie Blair, president-elect; G Calvin Sharpe, past president; Beth Barnes Hall, secretary; Kimber Shoop, treasurer; and Teri Stanek, member-at-large.

Oklahoma City civic and community leader Lou C. Kerr has been re-elected Chairman of the Board.  She is a founder of the Red Earth Festival and was honored as the 2005 Red Earth Ambassador of the Year.  As an active leader in the community and state she has committed her time and expertise to numerous organizations which correspond with her beliefs and expectations.  She served as vice president of The Kerr Foundation since 1985.  In 1999 she became president and in 2004 her title became president and chair.

Tuttle resident Janet Dyke, Associate Director of AT&T Business Solutions Project Management Office, will serve a second year of a two-year term as president of the Red Earth Board of directors.  Dyke has worked in the communications industry more than 30 years.  She has served as president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors and on the Redlands Council of the Girl Scouts.

Leslie Blair, a native of Frederick, OK, will serve a second year of a two-year term as president-elect of the organization.  She is currently Public Information Officer for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and previously served in the same capacity at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.  She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Cameron University and currently serves on the Board of the Directors for the Oklahoma County 4-H Foundation.  She is a member of the Friends of Hackberry Flatt and the Junior League of Oklahoma City.

G. Calvin Sharpe (Seminole), Oklahoma City, an attorney with Phillips Murrah PC Attorneys at Law, will serve the second of a two-year term as past-president of the Board of Directors.  Sharpe is a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, past chairman of the Oklahoma County Bar Association, graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XXIV, and a member of the Board of Directors for Infant Crisis Services.

Oklahoma City resident Beth Barnes Hall is elected secretary of the Board.  Hall attended the University of Oklahoma and is currently Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.  She was previously an American Airlines Flight Attendant for 26 years.  She is active as a volunteer at First Christy Church of Oklahoma City and is a school volunteer and former substitute teacher.  She enjoys golf, cooking, reading and snow skiing.  She has two children, Alexander and Bennett.

Oklahoma City resident Kimber Shoop is elected treasurer of the Board.  He has served as Senior Counsel for Oklahoma Gas & Electric for the past seven years, and was Associate Attorney with Troutman Sanders LLP in Washington D.C. for four years prior to moving back to Oklahoma in 2006.  He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and has worked on various political campaigns.

Teri Stanek, Oklahoma City, is elected member-at-large for the Board of Directors.  She has been involved with Red Earth as a volunteer or board member for more than 15 years. During her tenure, she has overseen volunteers, worked in various fundraisers, chaired numerous Red Earth Festival committees and served as chairman of the Red Earth 25th Silver Anniversary Gala.  She and her husband are retired and enjoy traveling in their motorhome.

Newly elected to the serve on the Red Earth Board of Directors are Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne), Jeff Hargrave (Muscogee/Creek), and David Reynolds (Muscogee/Creek).

Guthrie resident Harvey Pratt is a forensic and Native American artist who has worked more than 40 years in law enforcement, completing thousands of composite drawings and hundreds of soft tissue postmortem reconstructions. He is an award-winning, self-taught artist whose art is in permanent collections including the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Oklahoma.  He accepted state appointments to the Oklahoma Arts Council by Governor Frank Keating and Governor Brad Henry.

Jeff Hargrave, of Edmond, is employed by the Whitten Newman Foundation where he is Executive Director for the Native Explorers Foundation.  He has a BA from the University of Oklahoma and his JD from Oklahoma City University School of Law.  He has a solo law practice and represents veterans pro bono via Pros 4 Vets and deprived children via Oklahoma Lawyers for Children.  He is currently a board member for Remote Area Medical of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Brain Tumor Foundation.

David Reynolds, Oklahoma City, attended Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma.  He is owner and founder of Red Eagle Construction specializing in commercial and residential construction, design and consulting in Oklahoma City.  He previously worked in Washington DC in the private and public sectors.  He is a long-time supporter of Red Earth having served on the Friends Council and Advisory Committee.

Red Earth, Inc. is recognized as the region’s premier organization for advancing the understanding and continuation of Native American traditional and contemporary culture and arts.  The Red Earth Museum hosts a diverse and changing schedule of art and historical exhibitions at its location in downtown Oklahoma City.  The museum is custodian to a permanent collection of more than 1,400 items of fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles and beadwork.

 

29 Attorneys Selected for 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 — Phillips Murrah, one of Oklahoma’s largest law firms, announced today that 29 of its attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014. Marc Edwards, Sally Hasenfratz, and Mel McVay, shareholders in the Firm, have been named “Lawyers of the Year” for Government Relations, Land Use and Zoning Law, and Litigation – Bankruptcy, respectively.  According to Best Lawyers, “Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this honor particularly significant.”

“Our attorneys are proud to be consistently recognized by peers for delivering outstanding legal service to our clients,” said Tom Wolfe, a 2014 Best Lawyer® selection and the Firm’s managing partner.

Among the Firm’s breadth of legal services, more than 20 practice areas are represented by the attorneys that have been honored as this year’s Best Lawyers®, including:  banking and finance law, energy and natural resources, real estate, and tax law.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Phillips Murrah’s 29 attorneys included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 are listed by name; first year included, and recognized practice areas:

  • Marc Edwards (2010) – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice
  • Andrew S. Mildren (2013) – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice
  • J. Mark Lovelace (2011) – Banking and Finance Law
  • Donald A. Pape (2011) – Banking and Finance Law
  • Timothy D. Kline (1987) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Thomas G. Wolfe (2008) – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Shannon K. Emmons (2013) – Commercial Litigation
  • Juston R. Givens (2013) – Commercial Litigation
  • Fred A. Leibrock (2010) – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Melvin R. McVay, Jr. (2011) – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Michael R. Perri (2010) – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law
  • Robert N. Sheets (2012) – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Jennifer L. Miller (2013) – Commercial Litigation
  • Lyndon W. Whitmire (2013) – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Sally A. Hasenfratz (2009) – Construction Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
  • Jim Roth (2012) – Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice; Natural Resources Law
  • William S. Price (2013) – Government Relations Practice
  • Stephen W. Elliott (2014) – Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Robert J. Haupt (2012) – Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
  • John D. Hastie (1983) – Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law
  • Elizabeth K. Brown (2008) – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
  • Robert O. O’Bannon (2008) – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
  • Dawn M. Rahme (2013) – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
  • Raymond E. Zschiesche (2013) – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • G. Calvin Sharpe (2012) – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Terry L. Hawkins (2013) – Public Finance Law
  • Cindy H. Murray (2012) – Real Estate Law
  • Douglas A. Branch (2008) – Securities/Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law
  • Michael D. Carter (2012) – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

About Phillips Murrah

Phillips Murrah is represented by more than 65 attorneys, 20 practice areas, and is one of Oklahoma’s leading business law firms. The Firm is recognized for providing multidisciplinary legal services in matters involving virtually all aspects of business law and litigation. Our attorneys are trusted legal advisors and strategic partners, focused on our clients’ objectives, and helping them achieve their goals.
For more information, visit: www.phillipsmurrah.com

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ABOTA Annual Banquet Features Honored Guests and Speaker

The 50th Floor of the Devon Tower was the setting for this year’s annual meeting and banquet of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. This year’s featured speaker was the Honorable Timothy DeGuisti, U.S. District Judge of the Western District of Oklahoma. Tulsa County District Judge Jefferson Sellers was honored as Oklahoma’s Judge of the Year and Dan S. Folluo, of Rhodes, Hieronymus, Jones, Tucker and Gable was recognized for his service as Oklahoma Chapter President for 2012. Other notable guests in attendance were U.S. District Judges Lee West and Vicki Miles-LaGrange of the Western District and Judge Terry Kern of the Northern District Federal Court; Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Noma Gurich, Oklahoma Civil Court of Appeals Judges John Fisher and Robert Bell; Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge David Lewis; Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan Dixon; Oklahoma City University President and former Tenth Circuit Judge Robert Henry, and Dean Valarie Couch from The Oklahoma City University Law School. The evening was capped off by a vocal performance by several members of the Oklahoma City University School of Music.

ABOTA is a national organization whose membership includes judges and trial lawyers who are dedicated to professionalism, civility, and preservation of the civil jury trial system in America.

The Oklahoma Chapter’s elected officers for 2013 include G. Calvin Sharpe, President; William R. Grimm, President Elect; Gary Homsey, Treasurer; Jim Jennings, Secretary; and Monty Bottom, National Board Representative.

Newly admitted members for 2012 were Tulsa Attorney William Fiasco and Oklahoma City Attorney Kayce Gisinger. Oklahoma City Attorney Jim Jennings was elevated to the rank of “advocate” within the organization.

Those members of the bar who are interested in joining ABOTA in its quest to promote civility in the courtroom while preserving the right to jury trial are encouraged to visit ABOTA’s website at abota.org for a listing of qualifications for membership.

Phillips Murrah Names Shareholders

OKLAHOMA CITY – Phillips Murrah has named Catherine L. Campbell, Jason A. Dunn, G. Calvin Sharpe and Kathryn D. Terry as shareholders. Campbell specializes in appellate practice in both state and federal courts of appeal. Dunn’s practice is primarily focused on defending clients in commercial litigation. Sharpe is a trial attorney who specializes in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury defense. Terry’s primary areas of practice are insurance coverage, labor and employment and civil rights defense. – Staff report

G. Calvin Sharpe Named to Red Earth Board

OKLAHOMA CITY – Lou C. Kerr has been re-elected chairman of the board of Red Earth Inc.

Other new officers elected to the board of directors include Janet Dyke, president; Leslie Blair, president-elect; G. Calvin Sharpe, past president; Shannon Edwards, secretary; John Jameson, treasurer; and Kimber Shoop, member at large.

Kerr is a founder of the Red Earth Festival and was honored as the 2005 Red Earth Ambassador of the Year. As an active leader in the community and state, she has committed her time and expertise to numerous organizations that correspond with her beliefs and expectations. She has served as vice president of The Kerr Foundation since 1985. In 1999, she became president and in 2004 her title became president and chairwoman.

Dyke, of Tuttle, is associate director of AT&T Business Solutions Project Management Office. She will serve a two-year term as president.

Blair, a native of Frederick, is public information officer for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.

Sharpe, Oklahoma City, is an attorney with Phillips Murrah.

Edwards, of Edmond, is an appeals magistrate for U.S. Department of the Interior, Southern Plains Region. She maintains a law practice in Oklahoma City.

Jameson, of Davis, is chairman of the board of Jameson Management, a provider of dental practice management systems.

Shoop, of Edmond, is senior counsel for Oklahoma Gas & Electric.

Elected to the serve on the Red Earth board of directors were Leslie Diane Taylor, Ada, and Jay Scambler, Norman.

Named to the Red Earth advisory board were Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker, Seminole Principal Chief Leonard Harjo, Muscogee Creek Principal Chief George Tiger and artist Harvey Pratt, Cheyenne.

Trial advocates elect 2012 officers

Staff Report

[ FEBRUARY 2, 2012 – TULSA, Okla. ] – The Tulsa Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates has inducted officers for 2012.

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Land of the lawyers

by M. Scott Carter

[DECEMBER 1, 2011 – NORMAN, Okla.] – Anden Sharpe may not look Native American.

But for Sharpe, the second year of law school at the University of Oklahoma isn’t about how she looks but, instead, about what she’s learning.

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Law schools: Number of Native American students increasing

By M. Scott Carter

[DECEMBER 1, 2011 – TULSA, Okla.] – In Oklahoma, it’s not just the law that’s gone tribal.

Officials at each of the state’s three law schools said the number of Native American students has increased and those numbers continue to climb.

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Lawmaker seeks study on day-care insurance

By M. Scott Carter

[ June 28, 2011 – OKLAHOMA CITY ] Four years after workers at a child-care facility left a 3-year-old boy unattended in a van during a hot August day, many home-based facilities still don’t have liability insurance, a state representative said Monday.

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Red Earth, Inc. announces new officers to lead board of directors

By Red Earth Inc.

[ NOVEMBER 15, 2010 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK ] A new slate of officers will lead the Red Earth Board of Directors for FY 2011. Members of the newly-elected Red Earth Executive Committee will oversee operations of the Red Earth Museum & Gallery in downtown Oklahoma City, and the additional programs of the organization including the Silver Anniversary Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival scheduled June 3-5, 2011 at Oklahoma City’s Cox Convention Center.

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Seminole Nation tribal member Calvin Sharpe among new officers chosen to lead Red Earth, Inc’s Board of Directors

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[ NOVEMBER 2010 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK ] A new slate of officers will lead the Red Earth Board of Directors for FY 2011. Members of the newly-elected Red Earth Executive Committee will oversee operations of the Red Earth Museum & Gallery in downtown Oklahoma City, and the additional programs of the organization including the Silver Anniversary Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival scheduled June 3-5, 2011 at Oklahoma City’s Cox Convention Center.

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Gavel to Gavel: Future of state, tribes entwined

Gavel to Gavel, appears in The Journal Record.
Originally published in The Journal Record on June 23, 2010.
View G. Calvin Sharpe’s attorney profile here.


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G. Calvin Sharpe is a trial attorney who represents a diverse list of business clients in matters relating to medical malpractice, medical devices, medical licensure boards,products liability, insurance and commercial litigation.

Last weekend, Oklahoma City celebrated the 24th annual Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival. More than 100 tribes from across the United States and Canada came together in a colorful display of unison to celebrate their Native American culture, traditions, dances, art, songs and way of life. Throughout history, many of these same tribes fought against each other as enemies. Today, they have set aside their differences and now work together to preserve what is near and dear to their hearts: the American Indian way of life.

One of the nation’s leading cultural events of its kind, the Red Earth Festival drew more than 25,000 people from around the world into the heart of Oklahoma City and provided a much-needed revenue boost to the tune of $8 million. This is just one ripple in a tidal wave of tribal impact.

Native Americans are a political, cultural and an economic force with the power – and, I would argue, the province – to frame the dialogue that will shape Oklahoma through the next centennial and beyond. The resounding dialogue, which began as whispers years ago with tribal leaders and elders, will no doubt encompass some of the more challenging, controversial and unquestionably momentous issues facing American Indians in Oklahoma today. Most of these issues will eventually find resolution through the rule of law, in one form or another.

Evidence of this can be seen in halls of government, commerce and education, where Native American rights and legal issues are front and center. When I began my college and legal education 25 years ago, Indian law was in its infancy. There were no courses for Native American studies. There was no American Indian Law and Policy Center. There was no American Indian Law Review. As Native American issues have grown, so have the curriculum and educational requirements in our universities. Across the nation, many states now include questions pertaining to American Indian law on the bar examinations aspiring lawyers must pass.

A few of the watershed issues that Native Americans, tribes and, in many cases, the entire state of Oklahoma, will be facing include:

• Tribal sovereignty and the struggle to retain the governmental control and governmental authority, which have been slowly eroded by legal precedent.

• A multitude of hot-button issues surrounding the determination of who owns the rights to water in Oklahoma and tribal claims to ownership of surface and groundwater.

• Indian gaming and other issues relating to taxation and governmental regulation.

• Reducing crime in Indian Country, where domestic violence and methamphetamine use have become problematic.

• Reclaiming, saving and teaching to upcoming generations the tribes’ native languages – a symbol of autonomy that is both an internal and external expression of culture.

This short list hardly scratches the surface of the challenging issues of rights and law that we – as Oklahomans, regardless of ancestry – have the duty to resolve. The future of our state depends on it.

G. Calvin Sharpe is a trial attorney with Phillips Murrah P.C. in Oklahoma City. He is a member of the Seminole Nation and president-elect of Red Earth Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to celebrating American Indian arts and cultures.

Choctaw Nation to make green history

Gavel to Gavel, appears in The Journal Record.
Originally published in The Journal Record on March 1, 2010.
View G. Calvin Sharpe’s attorney profile here.


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G. Calvin Sharpe is a trial attorney who represents a diverse list of business clients in matters relating to medical malpractice, medical devices, medical licensure boards,products liability, insurance and commercial litigation.

As the world experiences a remarkable shift in environmental awareness, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is about to make green history.

Throughout time, Native Americans have harbored a close connection to Mother Earth and a passion for protecting the environment. We were green long before there was a movement of the same name; in fact, many Native American tribal clans are named after the Earth and things associated with it.

The Choctaw Nation, a tribe with rich traditions connected to the Earth and environment, has grown dramatically over the years and is now in need of both a new tribal building and a new tribal headquarters. To meet the needs of its members, the growing tribe intends to build a single structure large enough to provide tribal services from a central location. More importantly – at least where green history is concerned – the Choctaws intend for the future administrative complex to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, the internationally recognized green building benchmark.

Once complete, it will be the first Native American administrative complex in history to receive LEED certification.

The LEED green building rating system began in the United States in 1993 and now encompasses 30 other countries and more than 14,000 projects, including the Devon world headquarters being constructed in downtown Oklahoma City. Certification takes into account factors such as energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

The project certification process awards LEED points on a 100-point scale. Credits are weighed to reflect their potential environmental impacts; bonus credits are available for innovation and region-specific environmental issues. Upon satisfactory application review and compliance verification, the U.S. Green Building Council issues the project one of four LEED certification levels, Certified; Silver; Gold; or Platinum.

Compared to conventional buildings that are simply built to code, LEED certified buildings use resources more efficiently and provide healthier work and living environments, contributing to higher productivity and overall improved health and comfort.

The Choctaws are planning for the future LEED certified tribal headquarters to be environmentally friendly and, at the same time, a huge economic engine, driving Oklahoma toward a better future with more jobs and better services. Today, Choctaw Country’s Bryan County has the lowers unemployment rate in Oklahoma, a rate on which the tribe hopes to continually improve.

In addition to a new tribal headquarters, the Choctaw Nation has plans under way for a recycling facility to be located south of Durant. It has also begun making energy-saving renovations to existing tribal facilities and the current administrative building, including new windows; more efficient T8 fluorescent lights; occupancy sensors; and other energy-saving measures.

The Choctaw Nation also has a Go Green Team to educate members on ways to help the environment and reduce energy costs. Many of these tips can be found in BISHINIK, the tribe’s monthly publication.

As evidenced by their substantial investment, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is deeply committed to the environment and doing everything it can to protect its beautiful country. Imagine the difference it would make, if each of us followed the shining example in the Choctaws set by okchamali lyali (or, in English, going green).

G. Calvin Sharpe is a trial attorney with Phillips Murrah P.C. in Oklahoma City. He is a member of the Seminole Nation and president-elect of Red Earth, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to celebrating American Indian arts and cultures.

Red Earth elects board members

The Journal Record

[ NOVEMBER 5, 2009, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK ]– Red Earth Inc. has elected officers to the board of directors.
The new officers will oversee the operations of the Red Earth Museum and the additional programs of the organization, including the 24th annual Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival scheduled June 18 to 20 in downtown Oklahoma City.

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Business People

All Business [ a D&B Company]

[ NOVEMBER 1, 2009 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK ] – Phillips Murrah names G. Calvin Sharpe and Patrick L. Hullum lawyers. Sharpe is a trial lawyer who will practice in the areas of class action and mass tort defense, with an emphasis on medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has more than 23 years of litigation experience and has represented regional and national businesses in Oklahoma courts. Hullum will practice with the firm’s litigation and trial practice department. He will represent clients in high-stakes litigation, primarily in the related areas of products liability, catastrophic injury and insurance defense. Phillips Murrah was founded in 1986 and employs more than 60 attorneys in 30 core areas of practice.